TROY - Do you have a child who argues, doesn't do what you ask, throws tantrums, defies authority, or is chronically in trouble?

Then, you might be interested in a training that will be held in Troy.

It's scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 18, at Memorial Auditorium in Troy, according to the Troy Area School District website.

The "Tough Kids Toolbox Parent Training" will teach parents and others how to manage children's difficult behaviors.

Holli Caine, a school social worker behavior support consultant with BLaST Intermeidate Unit17, will present the program.

"As an employee from the Intermediate Unit 17 - BLaST, we offer support services to our local school districts and their families in relation to their child," she said.

"One of the trainings that we provide is the Tough Kids Toolbox based on Dr. Jenson's 'Tough Kids' series."

"The training that is being presented in Troy School District on Feb. 18 is a parent training that offers strategies to help you develop your household rules, how to make effective requests, and how to follow through with the consequences (if they comply or not)," she continued.

"Also the parent training gives additional strategies such as time out, Mystery Motivator, and a Roll of Nickels. My co-workers and myself have offered this parent training to an array of schools, such as Towanda, Athens, Sayre, North Tioga, and schools in Lycoming county. This training is great for parents, grandparents, paraprofessionals, and teachers."

"It's an awesome approach," she said. "It gives you a framework to be consistent, direct, and non-reactive."

She said the program has had positive feedback in other places where it has been presented.

This training will highlight Dr. Jenson's recommendations to help you keep your cool, prevent misbehavior, and meet your family's needs, according to the school district website.

For more information, visit the district's website at

If you need childcare to attend this workshop, call (570) 297-2730.

Everyone, including parents, teachers, administrators, and aides, is welcome.

To take part in the training, just show up. It is free.

If you wish to register, call (570) 297-2730. However, registration is not required.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: